PROJECT 2996- Remembering the Heroes of 9/11
I am very proud to be a participant in Project 2,996. For those of you who aren’t aware of this, let me enlighten! Dale Roe has put together a page here on WordPress where he is assigning the names of the 2,996 victims of the 9/11 attacks to us bloggers who are interested in learning more about each of these people and sharing our knowledge. Unfortunately, less than 1/2 of the 2,996 have found homes. Please contact him ASAP to get a name!
I asked for and received the names of two heroes who died on September 11, 2001. The first one was George Simmons of Great Falls, VA. George was on American Flight 77 which was headed to Los Angeles and ended up hitting the Pentagon. George was traveling with his wife of 19 years, Diane. George and Diane were headed from the East Coast to Hawaii where George was to help his wife spread his father-in-law’s ashes with her mother’s. As all of us now know, they were never to arrive at their destination. There wasn’t an excess of information about George but enough to know that this was a truly good man. George was a retired sales training manager from the Xerox Corporation. Judging by the comments left by some of his co-workers, George was the kind of boss that all of us would want to have. From the sounds of it, he was a kind and helpful man who was a true leader and mentor.
The second hero from 9/11 I would like to share with you was William E. Micciulli. William was 30 years old and from Matawan, New Jersey. At the young age of 30, William had quickly climbed the ladder at Cantor Fitzgerald and was a senior Vice-President and Partner for the company. Cantor Fitzgerald lost 100’s of employees on September 11th and William was one of many who was in Tower 1 of the World Trade Center on the 104th Floor. William was married to his high school sweetheart and left behind 2 young daughters, ages 2 years and 10 months. He had been employed by Cantor Fitzgerald for 8 years and was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. By all accounts, he was a hard worker, a faithful husband and a doting father. Before his life was snatched away from him, he and his family were preparing for a big NFL party at their home in Matawan.
Unfortunately, 8 years after the fact, too many people in this country look at the horror of September 11, 2001 as a political wedge and so quickly forget the faces of the people, our fellow countrymen, who lost their lives that day. I encourage all of you to read the stories of these people who were guilty of no more than getting up that morning and going to work or visiting someone or just going about their own business. To those who want to stop the footage from being replayed or want us all to stop talking about it, I say this- Should we forget about World Wars I and II? Do we remove the Vietnam War from our history books? 8 years ago was the first time American soil was invaded by a foreign entity since Pearl Harbor. This is not politics, this is not party lines. I remember exactly where I was when I heard about the first plane going into the WTC and as long as I live, I will never forget. The 2,996 people who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001 deserve to never be forgotten. Mr Simmons and Mr Micciulli- God rest your souls.
Fly your American flag tomorrow and always. Never forget.